2004 – Country trio Rascal Flatts top the American album charts with Feels Like Today. Hilary Duff’s self-titled album lands at No. 2. 18-year-old R&B singer Ciara settles for third place with her debut Goodies.
2004 – Country star Toby Keith and “Cat Scratch Fever” guitarist Ted Nugent perform for American GIs at an installation in Baghdad, Iraq. The gung ho duo are visiting the wartorn nation with the USO.
2004 – U2 frontman Bono tries to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief programs for the world’s poorest countries when he addresses a special meeting in Dublin.
2004 – Sum 41 flee the Congo after an outbreak of rebel violence in the country’s ongoing civil war. The Canadian punk rockers were in the country to make a documentary drawing attention to the African nation’s problems.
2004 – Rascal Flatts kicks off its tour in Kalamazoo, Mich., without Chris Cagle. Cagle is pulled off of the bill due to “extreme vocal rest” ordered by his doctor. The country artist is ordered to refrain from singing and speaking through June 1, 2004 after being diagnosed as having a polyp, an unspecified lesion, […]
2003 – School of Rock, starring Tenacious D’s Jack Black, opens in theatres around the country. Black plays a would-be rock god who tries to make a living as a substitute teacher. Sort of like To Sir With Love crossed with The Song Remains the Same.
2003 – A week after his Deaths at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash is bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash wins song of the year for his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” and album of the Year for […]
2003 – Madonna’s first children’s book is published in 42 languages in more than 100 countries. The release of “The English Roses” by Callaway Editions and Penguin Group, in association with various publishers around the world, is touted as the largest simultaneous worldwide release of a book in history.
2003 – Country legend Johnny Cash is buried next to his wife June Carter Cash in Hendersonville, Tenn. Among those attending the private ceremony are Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, daughter Rosanne Cash and former veep Al Gore.
2003 – Aussie rockers INXS play a gig at a Singapore restaurant to prove the country is safe despite the outbreak of the deadly SARS virus.
2003 – At the 29th Annual People’s Choice Awards, country act the Dixie Chicks and rock group Creed tie for the favorite group or band honor, while country superstar Faith Hill is honored as favorite female musical performer, and rapper Eminem takes the male award.
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]